Cansdell ready for round two

The Daily Examiner - - YOUR SAY - BILL NORTH Ed­i­tor

NEWS of Steve Cansdell throw­ing his hat back in the ring of state pol­i­tics has gen­er­ated a mixed re­ac­tion in the com­mu­nity.

Yes­ter­day I asked shop­pers in Prince St what they thought of the de­ci­sion, and re­sponses at each ex­treme of the spec­trum were volleyed back – some which couldn’t be pub­lished.

But in all in­stances it was a buzz topic that sparked a lively and an­i­mated re­ac­tion.

He has his fol­low­ers – I sus­pect a lot. He was gone be­fore I ar­rived in the Val­ley, but the im­pres­sion I get is he stood up for this place and had the re­spect of a lot of peo­ple.

As one woman said, his in­dis­cre­tions sim­ply made him hu­man.

But many are un­will­ing to ever for­give. Mr Cansdell knows that, which is why he is a brave man.

He will be bom­barded by his op­po­nents, the naysay­ers will be re­lent­less, and win or lose he’ll need to cop a lot of punches to last the full 12 rounds.

There is one salient point Mr Cansdell made at his an­nounce­ment at the Grafton Ho­tel on Wed­nes­day morn­ing – his pres­ence in the po­lit­i­cal arena is a win-win for the Clarence Val­ley.

If Coun­try La­bor’s Trent Gil­bert hadn’t al­ready put for­ward a gen­uine challenge, the Na­tion­als cer­tainly have a fight on their hands to re­tain this seat now, and that means money and elec­tion prom­ises into the elec­torate.

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